Tip: This is the first scene of your book and should compel your audience to read on. If you’re stuck, start by introducing your protagonist in their natural setting.
Tip: The scenes following your opening should fill in the important details that set up the rest of the novel’s action.
Tip: This is the game-changer, or turning point of your story. The rest of the plot follows from this event, so it must challenge some aspect of the protagonist’s established world.
Tip: Illustrate what is at stake for your protagonist now that some aspect of their world has been altered and what options they have for how to proceed.
Tip: Focus on character development through these scenes. How does your protagonist respond to challenges? What keeps them motivated? How are they growing as a character as the novel develops?
Tip: It should feel like pieces of a puzzle are falling in to place, like you’ve rolled a snowball down a hill that can’t be stopped. Try to build some suspense leading up to (and throughout) the climax.
Tip: This is the pinnacle of your plot, where everything comes to a head. Remember the question your novel is asking and try to answer it with the outcome of the climactic action.
Tip: You can leave as much or as little up to the reader’s imagination as you want in this section. Think about what thought you want to leave your reader with as your wrap up the novel, and make sure your final scene does that.